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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
We were back to palace hopping today and a visit to Pushkin, named after Alexander Pushkin, one of Russia's most famous writers and poets. It is the site of Catherine's Palace and the smaller Alexander Palace. It was built for and by Catherine the Great who ruled Russia in the latter part of the 18th century and grew the empire dramatically during her reign.
About an hour out of the city, we could see some of the suburban landscape as well as ...
I love Russia and I love Russians, but sometimes, like a beloved but difficult family member, they test my patience. It's then that I realize I will always be on the outside looking in, no matter how often Mila or my friends say I'm becoming a Russian at heart.
I do not understand the great rush to get on the first train that comes along. Yesterday I was at one of the three major metro stations (first mistake) at rush hour (second mistake) ...
... as well as the snow ploughs) and men stand on roofs and clear the snow to stop any snowslides onto people's heads. Magic. Everyone is productive, everything works, and they don't have magic fairy dust to make it happen.
What an incredible place! Every building I have seen in the centre is old, ornate, covered in carvings, or colour, or has columns or statues. There were plenty of buildings I asked Victor what they were and he said they ...